Are you interested in taking part in a CWU Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA) Convoy to Moldova in 2019….If yes, then please continue reading. CWUHA will be running 2 missions in 2019 to Moldova in May and September. · The leaving dates of the convoys are: 16th May and 12th September 2019. · You will be away for 17 days · The convoys will be departing from Dover to Calais · Each vehicle has two drivers, so we are looking for duos. · All volunteers will need to be or become members of CWUHA. · Volunteers will need to provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB checks). · It is a hard 4,000 mile trip on the wrong side of the road, so you must be confident and competent to drive at least a LWB Sprinter type vehicle and have, or be willing to, undertake training/assessment. Volunteers who are licensed to drive a 7.5 ton vehicle and received CPC training and possess a digital tacho card may be given priority. · It's hard but rewarding work, so all drivers must be in good health and have no conditions that would debar them from driving Royal Mail or BT vehicles. · If selected you will be provided with a vehicle, fuel card and insurances. It will be your responsibility to raise the funds and aid for your vehicle. You will be given a wish list of the items you will be expected to raise. If you work for BT or RM you will get paid release for the duration of the convoy, but be WARNED you will have to do a lot of work in your own time i.e. fundraising, collecting/buying aid, packing the aid into boxes, completing a manifest, loading your vehicle, picking up and returning your vehicle from a depot anywhere in the UK. The selection of all convoy participants is at the absolute discretion of the trustees and you will be required to show how you will raise the aid for your vehicle and funds to finance your ferry and your subsistence. The ferry is approximately £200 and you will need at least £700 per driver to cover your hotels and meals. If you are still interested, then please email Lenny Crook, CWUHA Project Worker via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry Christmas to all our friends and supporters. We couldn't do what we do without you ❤
CWUHA Trustees would like to thank all the volunteers who took part in the Sept 18 Convoy to Moldova. To have 12 newbies out of the 16 was amazing and can only be good for the the future of the charity. As always our friends from CWU Ireland delivered for us carrying fantastic aid in their AnPost and Eir vehicles. So enjoy your weekend with your families...you all deserve it. #BePartOfSomethingSpecial
Waiting to get on the ferry to take us home. This has definitely been an emotional 2.5 weeks but one that none of us would change. It really makes a massive difference seeing where the aid is going and I think this is something we would all want to take part in again! #cwuha
Every CWUHA convoy needs a great leadership team to make sure the aid is delivered direct and the drivers and vehicles arrive home safely. So we just want to say a big thank you to Chris, Johnny, Kevin and Pat for doing a sterling job leading our successful Sept 18 mission to Moldova. Thank you guys!
This time last week we visited a centre for disabled children in Chisinau. Most of the kids here were severely disabled due to lack of knowledge about their disabilities. This is just one of the problems mad aid face when trying to educate people about disabilities and yet looking at these kids faces you can see why they push so hard!
While we were in Moldova the children from the Phoenix centre put on a fundraising event to raise money for days out. It was quite emotional watching them knowing the time and effort that must have gone into making it happen.
This time last week we’d just arrived at the Phoenix centre to meet the children and staff. Its amazing the changes mad-aid has made to Moldova and seeing all the kids faces made the whole trip worthwhile!
We had some gorgeous views driving through Romania yesterday! The aim today is to make it back to Kecskemét Hungary.
A last picture with victoria before we leave for the first leg of our journey home! It’s amazing to see what her and her staff have accomplished in such a short space of time and it felt good knowing we were helping such a worthy cause.
Another successful CWUHA convoy! 16 drivers out of whom - 13 new drivers first time in 🇲🇩 Moldova! Everyone will be back! Thank you Poliția Republicii Moldova ( dnul. Alexandru Pînzari si dnul. Ruslan) for keeping everyone safe!
We had our final day delivering aid to vulnerable families and said goodbye to the kids at the Phoenix centre. They gave us handmade cards thanking us for coming! 👍
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We spent the day today taking aid to a sports orphanage, disabled centre and school in Chisinau. A long and emotional day but looking at the kids faces made it all worthwhile! Colin the dog also chipped in and helped with the aid.
Former convoy driver Steve Gough wearing one of our classic CWUHA T-Shirt's while on holiday. We're impressed it still fits! 😁
Arrived safe and sound to the CWUHA supported Phoenix Centre today. Unloading the vehicles and then we headed out to local villages to deliver aid!
Finally made it to Moldova with the broken down van not far behind. Glad to finally be here and be able to deliver the aid!
Some gorgeous buildings and scenery driving through Romania today. We pushed on so only have a 2hr drive to the Moldovan border tomorrow!
Time lapse video of the sunrise in Arad Romania.
Nice early rise after a setback yesterday with one of the vans breaking down. The aim today is to make it to the border for an early crossing tomorrow!
Colin did a great job of keeping guard last night so we’re ready to get going for a slightly shorter drive day into Romania!
After a long 12 hour drive day Colin drew the short straw and had to keep guard with the van overnight. Think it will be an early night for everyone ahead of an early start tomorrow.
CWU Ireland Drivers Aiden, Paul, Joe, Mick who are taking part in the September Convoy getting a great send off from their General Secretary, Steve Fitzpatrick, CWUHA Ireland Trustee Pascal Connolly and National Officer Jimmy O'Connor #DeliveringASmile #BePartOfSomethingSpecial
Stopped for lunch and now back on the road. 354 km to go to make Hungary!
Quick pit stop to get our vignettes for Austria and then back on the road. Making up quite a bit of time today from roadworks yesterday!
Everybody doing their vehicle checks in preparation for today’s journey to Hungary. We’ve got a bit of distance to make up because of road works yesterday!
Colin the CWUHA dog keeping guard while we all stop for lunch. Driving 780 km today to our first stop in Velburg Germany.
As the latest CWUHA Convoy departs our shores we would like to pay a massive tribute to our partner MAD-Aid Without this wonderful charity and there founder Victoria Dunford we couldn't deliver hundreds of smiles to vulnerable children in Moldova.
And we’re off! Waiting for the ferry to leave for Zeebrugge. Just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who donated towards this convoy from all at CWUHA 😁
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We need the following urgently for the disabled centre we support in Moldova - please could you consider donating or helping us buy any of the items: Footballs Educational Games A4 paper Coloured paper Arts and crafts Pencils/pens/notebooks Paper A3 Photo Frames A4 Beads (mixed) Coloured Paper Projector +Screen https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/cwuhumanitarianaid
2 years ago we helped Mark Penfold raise money for his grandson Frankie. Here is an update from Frankie's mum.
Thanks so much to Martin, Rachel, Carol, Trace and all the staff and B&Q in Kendal for donating this much needed dryer for our convoy to Moldova in September